Friday, May 31, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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Gone South by Meg Moseley

Gone South by Moseley, Meg  This is an entertaining story about Tish McComb, a woman from Detroit who impulsively buys her ancestral home in small town Alabama.  Having moved around a lot growing up, she's been wanting a place to put down roots and really make a community her home.  However, she's in for a surprise when she's met with hostility because of her name.  It turns out her ancestors might not have been the nicest people and generations later, people they've wronged are still holding a grudge.  The only friends she makes are George, the local antiques dealer, and Melanie, the prodigal who returns home but isn't welcomed with open arms.  Tish takes her in but Melanie is having a hard time mending her ways.  Can Tish and George bring her family around and keep Melanie on the straight and narrow?  Will Tish and Melanie find a place to belong?

 I really liked Tish and George.  Tish is a determined woman who loves vintage items and their history, but who needs to start embracing the present.  George is a southern boy who actually grew up in Tish's new home and needs the garage for the classic car he's restoring. He's more interested in turning a profit than in the actual items he's selling.  Will he open his heart and start investing in people?  There's a little romance brewing between them, but will the problems with Melanie bring them together or tear them apart?

This is a well-written second novel about family and letting go of the past.  It's full of interesting characters and situations, especially where Tish and Melanie are concerned.  I was never quite sure what they would do next or what crazy situation they would end up in, which made for an entertaining read.  I wished the story would have gone deeper into what Tish, Melanie, and George were thinking sometimes.  I would have to say that I enjoyed her first novel, "When Sparrows Fall," more, but I really liked this story, too.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review.

First Chapter

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Monday, May 27, 2013

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Magnificent Malevolence by Derek Wilson

This is an intriguing fictional memoir of a demon's career in the same vein as "The Screwtape Letters" by C. S. Lewis.  In fact, it starts in 1942 and ends in the present, with the demon Crumblewit describing the various campaigns they have launched and their varying degrees of success.  He describes their roles in individual lives, but also in influencing countries, wars, and church movements.  He describes various ways they seek to destroy us, from greed and jealousy to laziness and pride.  We also seem him rise in the ranks as he plots the downfall of other incompetent demons.

It was interesting and eye-opening to see all of the many ways we can get sidetracked from following Jesus.  We need to remember our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against supernatural forces or demons.  It made me realize I need to be more watchful and that I definitely need to pray more!  The story was amusing, but I'm not crazy about the writing style, where we're told about what's happened instead of experiencing action.  Recommended if you like "The Screwtape Letters" or want some insight into what's going on behind the scenes.

I received this book free from Kregel in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Angel Falls by Connie Mann

Angel Falls  This is an exciting and suspenseful love story I really enjoyed!  Regina da Silva grew up in the streets of Brazil and did what she had to to survive.  Now she runs an orphanage to save as many children as she can.  Brooks Anderson is the son of the missionary who saved her, but he's turned his back on God and his father.  He's an Army Ranger and she'll need his help when someone tries to kill her and a baby she's sworn to protect.  As they go on the run, can she bring herself to trust a man for the first time in years?  Will Brooks and Regina remain jaded about love or will they finally open their hearts to what God has in store?

Regina and Brooks are fascinating characters.  I really liked getting to know them.  The relationship between Regina and Brooks was developed well and I loved the love/hate thing they had going.  I liked the suspense, but found myself questioning choices that seemed out of character.  There was also use of a British swear word once in the story.  I liked the themes of forgiveness and letting go of the past.  This is one to check out!

I received this book free from Abingdon Press in exchange for an honest review.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

When Love Calls by Lorna Seilstad

Cover Art This is a wonderful historical romance about an independent girl who finds that she can't do it all herself!  Hannah Gregory is the oldest of three girls and after their parents die, she drops out of law school to get a job as a switchboard operator. Hannah has a hard time following all the rules of her new job, one of which is no fraternizing with gentlemen while in training.  That's one rule she thought would be easy to follow but she meets attorney Lincoln Cole when he comes to evict them from their family farm.  She hopes to avoid him but when an old friend is arrested for arson, she must turn to Lincoln for help.  Will she realize she doesn't have to go it alone?

I loved the characters in this well-written story.  Hannah was delightful, as were both her sisters.  Charlotte struggles with her first love interest and I'm hoping the next book in the series is about her.  Tessa is hilarious with her obsession about gruesome headlines and quite a character.  Lincoln was wonderful also.  The descriptions of working as a switchboard operator are fascinating and quite a change from our modern technology.  I loved the themes of depending on others and God and the importance of being yourself in a relationship.  I highly recommend this wonderful story.

I received this book free from Revell in exchange for an honest review.

Available May 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


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Thursday, May 16, 2013

The House that Love Built by Beth Wiseman

I really enjoyed this sweet romance about two people with a lot of baggage who need to forgive in order to move on with their lives. Brooke Holloway is a widow, mom of two, and runs the local hardware store in her small town of Smithville, Texas.  When Owen, the new guy in town, buys the old Hadley mansion, she's anxious to get a look inside to see if she can discover it's secrets.  They feel an immediate attraction, but is Brooke ready to open her heart?  Is Owen over his ex-wife and can he ever learn to trust a woman again?

I loved the wide variety of characters in this story.  There's a juvenile delinquent who gets hired by Owen who just needs a second chance, an interesting uncle, Brooke's family, and a surprise for Owen.  The romance felt a bit superficial, but not overly so.  While I liked the love story, the mix of all the characters made the story so much more interesting for me.  I really liked seeing how all of these characters intertwined and I especially liked the theme of forgiveness.  You should definitely check it out!

I received this book free from Booksneeze in exchange for an honest review.

First Two Chapters

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

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Monday, May 13, 2013

Flora's Wish by Kathleen Y'Barbo

book title front  This is a historical romance about "Fatal Flora," a southern belle who's now engaged for the fifth time after her first four fiances died before they could make it to the altar.  Flora used to want to marry for love, but  she's getting desperate.  She must marry and produce an heir before her cousin turns thirty or he will inherit her family's estate.  What she doesn't know is that her new fiance may be a criminal.  Pinkerton agent Lucas McMinn  has been after Will Tucker ever since he broke his sister's heart.  When he meets Flora, he's not sure if she's in on his scam or his newest victim.  He just knows that he needs to keep her in his "personal custody" until he figures it out!

This story is a sweet romance about two people at odds with each other and yet who are drawn to each other at the same time.  Flora is fun as a feisty and stubborn character and Lucas is the good guy with a knack for inventions.  While I really liked the characters, the story felt slow and there wasn't a whole lot happening regarding plot.  Some of the conversations also got repetitious.  If you love historical romance, you might want to check it out!

I received this book free from Harvest House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, May 6, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

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Saturday, May 4, 2013

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

Cover Art This is a very enjoyable story about one woman's determination to save her father's candy-making business.  Lucy Kendall returns from a year abroad planning to create the perfect candy and finally prove that she belongs in the business.  Charlie Clarke has a chance for a new path since his estranged father came back into his life and hired him to work at his candy-making business.  If he can just prove himself a good businessman, maybe he can finally make his father proud.  Unfortunately, these are rival businesses and though Charlie and Lucy are immediately attracted to each other, realizing their fathers are enemies makes them enemies too, at least in Lucy's mind.  They become thorns in each others' sides as they come up with new ideas to outsell the other.

This is a well-written, entertaining story.  I enjoyed the amusing circular conversations and the clever scenarios Charlie sometimes stumbled into.  I loved that we got to see both of their viewpoints equally.  They both felt like very real, flawed people.   I liked the themes of grace and forgiveness, both for yourself and other people.  The romance was good, but I wished there would have been a bit more.  Make sure you have some candy on hand because you'll definitely want some while reading this sweet story.  Check it out!

I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Poison by Jordyn Redwood

This is an intriguing mystery involving a young woman who survived the murder of half her family by her step-father.  He claimed that someone named Lucent made him do it, but everyone believed he was just a hallucination.  Now, seven years later, Keelyn is confronted by a man who claims to be Lucent, threatens her, and says he's with her estranged sister who is now missing.  She takes in her toddler niece, but danger follows them at every turn as the bodies keep piling up and someone watches her.  Keelyn wonders if her fiance can handle this new addition to their life, along with wondering about the things he's not telling her.  She also volunteers with abused women and is an expert in reading body language, so she gets involved in trying to find a missing woman's children and trying to figure out if the woman is involved herself.

I found this story fascinating, especially Keelyn's reading of people's body language.  From using it for cases to trying to figure out the people in her life, it made for a compelling study.  I also liked the details to the police procedure and the non-stop suspense.  This is book two in the Bloodline Trilogy, but I didn't feel lost not having read the first one.  I'll definitely be looking for more of her books!

I received this book free from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd

 This is an interesting, eye-opening look at the royal family, especially Queen Elizabeth, in the latter half of the 1500s.  Based on real people, this book tells the story of Elin von Snakenborg, who leaves her home and court of the princess in Sweden to settle in England.  She becomes part of the court of Queen Elizabeth I after there are some complications involving her planned marriage to Lord Northampton.   Over the course of many years, she becomes a very good friend to the queen while political intrigue and threats of rebellion are a day-to-day occurrence.  Will her Protestant queen be overthrown by her Catholic half-sister, Mary, Queen of Scots? Two men will vie for her love, but can she trust either of them?  When she's forced to choose between her queen and her husband, what will the consequences be?

I learned a lot about the inner workings of court and what it would have been like to be a part of it and I would definitely not have liked it!  I understand better the motivations of the queen and the pressure she was under every day, not to mention the pressure the ladies and others around her felt, too.  I got a little confused with all of the names mentioned, especially since a few had the same name.  The story felt a bit formal and I wished for a little more emotion from Elin, but it also made sense for the setting.  It felt difficult for me to relate to her, especially since I can't understand why someone would have chosen this life.  I liked the romance and the attention to detail made the story come to life.  Check this out if you like historical fiction, especially about the royal family!

I received this book free from Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, in exchange for an honest review.

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About the author:

After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne BoleynTo Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I, will publish in April, 2013.

Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens.

A former textbook acquisitions editor, Sandra has also published many nonfiction articles and books. She is also passionate about helping new writers develop their talent and their work toward traditional or self publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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